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    The problem is that the native English speaking workers would have picked up the snooty tone in your voice on the phone - and whilst they agreed to do the job - they had no intention of turning up. They just said yeah yeah yeah and laughed at you after putting the phone down.

    The Poles on the other hand, just thought you were another English guy. They would not have recognised the condescending tone in your voice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasguru View Post
    I don't see where he said he hated the UK? Perhaps we criticize what we love most.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fronttoback View Post
    The problem is that the native English speaking workers would have picked up the snooty tone in your voice on the phone - and whilst they agreed to do the job - they had no intention of turning up. They just said yeah yeah yeah and laughed at you after putting the phone down.

    The Poles on the other hand, just thought you were another English guy. They would not have recognised the condescending tone in your voice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooterscot View Post
    On a recent trip to Bath we pulled over to a RHS gardens south of the M25 for some lunch. In the restaurant I asked the waitress if it was always this busy (full of mums and babies chattering like it were an olympic sport, this was a Monday). She said sorry my English is not that good. So I asked the next waitress that came along and she apologised as this was her first day. So then I asked the 3rd waitress and she said... wait for it.... in broken English... I only work in the kitchen I don't do tables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fronttoback View Post
    The problem is that the native English speaking workers would have picked up the snooty tone in your voice on the phone - and whilst they agreed to do the job - they had no intention of turning up. They just said yeah yeah yeah and laughed at you after putting the phone down.

    The Poles on the other hand, just thought you were another English guy. They would not have recognised the condescending tone in your voice.

    HTH
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    Quote Originally Posted by sasguru View Post
    Yeah laugh it off, sadly it's all too typical.
    I know all too well. There's a (British) handyman near me who let me down twice like that. He always sounded friendly and professional on the phone, but then didn't show up when he had agreed, and didn't even bother phoning to cancel the appointment or apologise afterwards. Luckily I found someone else who is more reliable.
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    Sadly I have to agree with Sasguru's experience here. We maintain a number of properties and use a range of tradesmen who are from different parts of the world.

    I've found the Poles and Hungarians to be the best. Always reliable, working hard, doing a good job and complaining the least. They just get on with it and don't charge for every little extra or minor change.

    I've found the Indians to be the cheapest and by far the worst in terms of communication, project management and quality of work (yes I'm still talking about building & home improvement ).

    I've found Brits to be the most unreliable, the most expensive but not always the worst at what they do. They rarely turn up to do the job and they won't return your calls.

    One thing to note with the Brits - if you pay well then you will get a good job done, i.e. you have to go top-end to make it worthwhile hiring a British firm. But in most cases top-end is not affordable or necessary, so on the whole, the lower/medium priced Brits are not comparable to the Poles/Hungarians.

    Is that racist? No, it's just from my real-world experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChimpMaster View Post
    Sadly I have to agree with Sasguru's experience here. We maintain a number of properties and use a range of tradesmen who are from different parts of the world.

    I've found the Poles and Hungarians to be the best. Always reliable, working hard, doing a good job and complaining the least. They just get on with it and don't charge for every little extra or minor change.

    I've found the Indians to be the cheapest and by far the worst in terms of communication, project management and quality of work (yes I'm still talking about building & home improvement ).

    I've found Brits to be the most unreliable, the most expensive but not always the worst at what they do. They rarely turn up to do the job and they won't return your calls.

    One thing to note with the Brits - if you pay well then you will get a good job done, i.e. you have to go top-end to make it worthwhile hiring a British firm. But in most cases top-end is not affordable or necessary, so on the whole, the lower/medium priced Brits are not comparable to the Poles/Hungarians.

    Is that racist? No, it's just from my real-world experience.
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    The few poles I've hired in the past have been pretty good, rough around the edges but at least turned up.

    I've had issues getting reliable people in the past but have also hired British people that are excellent. Some are working all hours to get ahead.

    One, did the extra cleaning work so she could treat her nephew, she worked full time and used her days off to do cleaning work.

    These jobs will be gone in the a few years anyway as Robots take up more manual work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChimpMaster View Post
    I've found Brits to be the most unreliable, the most expensive but not always the worst at what they do. They rarely turn up to do the job and they won't return your calls.

    One thing to note with the Brits - if you pay well then you will get a good job done, i.e. you have to go top-end to make it worthwhile hiring a British firm. But in most cases top-end is not affordable or necessary, so on the whole, the lower/medium priced Brits are not comparable to the Poles/Hungarians.

    Is that racist? No, it's just from my real-world experience.
    Is it because living and buying a house in this country is expensive. So if you pay a decent rate you may get someone who gives a crap? If I was polish and could work here for 5 years and undercut a British person but still buy a house and keep my family in Poland would I be more motivated?

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